10 reasons why my morning coffee ritual is sacred

10 reasons why my morning coffee ritual is sacred

If I am lucky I have about 20 minutes in the morning before the kids charge down demanding to be fed then marshalled through their morning routine and out the door to school. This all to brief 20 minutes is when I I fill my battered espresso maker and pop it on the stove to brew up my morning jolt. My mornings are sacred and my morning coffee ritual is sacrosanct.

My dilapidated stovetop espresso maker is something that desperately needs to be replaced. I haven’t got round to it yet. I use it to brew a thick, artery-clearing, dark caffeinated syrup. My morning coffee is more like a cortado than a latte or cappuccino.

It’s this first coffee of the morning that kicks me out of my slumber, gets me ready for the day, gets the adrenaline running. My morning coffee ritual is sacred.

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1. It’s my space and time to start the day

2. My morning coffee ritual is part of my self-care routine

3. Those first 20 minutes gives me time to reflect and plan out my day

4. I use this time to prepare myself for the morning onslaught of children

5. I get twenty minutes to listen to Radio 4, all by myself, with no interruptions

6. I can sneak a peek at the Guardian

7. That smell of freshly brewed coffee, it makes me happy

8. I am only truly a human when I have drunk my first cup of #coffee of the day

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9. My sacred morning coffee ritual, it gives me the gift of time

10. I love the ritual of making my morning coffee

Shock, horror, coffee could cause cancer

A couple of weeks ago I read, on my way to work, that in New York, coffee companies will soon have to put cancer warnings on their products.

What am I supposed to drink? Matcha tea?

What about my morning coffee ritual? Is it under threat?

According to Cancer Research UK, my morning coffee ritual is safe.

‘The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a group of international cancer experts convened by the World Health Organisation, has just concluded that there’s no strong evidence that coffee increases your chances of cancer.’

Phew!

And there might be benefits to drinking coffee

Yup. That’s true. Start lining up the dark stuff.

There is emerging evidence that coffee might actually reduce some types of cancer.

And Havard Medical School notes that drinking moderate amounts of coffee might actually be beneficial. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers might have a reduced risk of:

    • Cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Uterine and liver cancer
    • Cirrhosis
    • Gout

The short-lived panic is over.

My sacred morning coffee ritual is safe.

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32 Comments

  1. Louise
    April 21, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I am so with you. I never manage a coffee alone on a morning but on the days that I work I have a little cafetiere that I fill and take time to brew. I then have 5 minutes while I let my computer log on to have a bit of peace or a chat with colleagues. Perfect. My little stove top coffee maker goes on on my days off if Little Miss has a nap or is engrossed in what she is doing. I love sitting in my garden enjoying it. Definitely a lovely bit of self care. One or two a day hurt no-one. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 21, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      It’s those little moments that matter!

  2. April 19, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I am grumpy without my sacred, quiet time. A ritual indeed! #brillblogpost xoxo

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 19, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      You and me too!

  3. April 19, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Morning goals! I have been trying to get up 15 minutes earlier to get ready and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee before the toddler gets up and starts running rampant through the house trying to see what suicidal maneuvers she can attempt.
    #Sharingthebloglove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 19, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Morning goal, morning me time, that time is just special and it’s mine!

  4. April 19, 2018 / 11:52 am

    ive never liked coffee which is a bit of a pain really as I don’t get much sleep (nocturnal baby) and I think I really could do with the pick me up in the mornings! #sharingthebloglove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 19, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      It doesn’t have to be coffee, maybe a few minutes of meditation or yoga can work as a pick-me-up. Probably better than coffee!

  5. April 19, 2018 / 7:14 am

    I loved reading this post. I’ve recently given up sugar and alcohol (for health reasons) and planned to get into coffee – iced coffee and the like. Woo hoo for the latest research! Your morning sounds so lovely. I have 4 crazy dogs so mine is rather manic! xx

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 19, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      An iced coffee in the morning, in this hot weather, now that sounds amazing!

  6. April 17, 2018 / 9:34 am

    I’m a big coffee drinker and I’m SO jealous of your 20 minutes peace to drink it on your own. My only time I get that is twice a week when Holly is a preschool and I come back from drop off and have one. It’s the best coffee of the week and the hottest! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      I am so with you on the coffee drinking, I only just got the twenty minutes now the kids are getting older and like to lie in just a little more than they used to! X

  7. April 16, 2018 / 6:01 pm

    Oh gosh, I’m so with you, I’m not fully human until I’ve had my first coffee of the day! The best is when my husband takes the kids downstairs for breakfast and then brings me up my coffee so I can drink it in peace. Of course, that only tends to happen after a particularly rough night with Ben, so I guess it’s swings and roundabouts! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Now I would love for my coffee to be brought to me in bed!

  8. April 16, 2018 / 11:06 am

    It’s funny what becomes ‘me time’ when you’re a parent – little things like this become an important aspect of self care. I don’t have this but I think I need to get up earlier and make the effort to have that little moment of peace to myself.

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      It’s making sure you get time for all these little things, they all add up! Hope you manage to grab some me time soon.

  9. April 15, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    I am not a coffee drinker anymore, but I have a few friends who have a similar ritual when it comes to having their morning coffee. They guys cant’ function without their morning coffee. It makes me laugh at time.

    Great post & thanks for Sharing

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    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Ha ha! I am one of those to!

  10. April 15, 2018 / 7:15 am

    I think it is like everything else. It is all about balance. As long as you don’t have 6 coffees a day, it is fine. No way I am not having one in the morning!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Oooh, I can’t survive without my morning coffee!

  11. April 13, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I don’t really have a morning ritual. Maybe I should start one!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Hey do, it’s always good to have a little bit of morning routine.

  12. April 13, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I’m the same with tea, it’s part of my daily routine in the mornings and I really enjoy it! Do like a nice latte when out though….unfortunately everything can be linked to cancer so we can stop all the things we enjoy!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      I know seemingly we can’t do anything for fear of cancer! Enjoy that cuppa!

  13. April 13, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Morning coffee deffo gives a much needed boost and gets you good to go for the day ahead x

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      I do love my coffee boost, I do need something to get my day going!

  14. April 13, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Phew! That’s a relief! I, too, am a big coffee drinker and don’t feel human until the first has been drunk. I don’t get those 20 minutes though. Mine are up before I am… 🙁

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      Hey, fellow coffee drinker, I am so reliant on that first coffee to get me going, but that time in the morning is essential!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Maybe a morning hot chocolate, coffee is an acquired taste.

  15. April 13, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I’m not a coffee drinker but I do like a nice cup of tea! I also get up before my kids but usually I only make it through the shower before they are up!

    • Tooting Mama
      Author
      April 14, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Maybe tea in the shower!

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